Milia are small bumps that can appear on the skin at any age, although they are most commonly found in infants. Milia are harmless and only interfere with appearance. In most cases, milia will go away on their own. However, if it gets annoying, there are several things you can do to speed up and speed up the milia loss process. Try some home remedies or consult a professional skin care practitioner to start your journey to brighter skin!
Method 1 of 4: Trying Home Treatments
Step 1. Clean your face every day
Start the process of removing milia by getting used to taking good care of your skin. Make sure to wash your face with warm water twice a day. We recommend that you use a mild and gentle cleaning product. Try to choose products that specifically say "gentle" or "sensitive skin".
Gently rub the cleanser onto the surface of the skin for 20-30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly and then pat dry with a clean, dry towel
Step 2. Use an exfoliating product to help cleanse the skin
Milia in adolescents and adults should be treated with exfoliating products. You can use an exfoliating moisturizer or a special exfoliating product.
- An exfoliating moisturizer is a great choice if you have large milia areas on your face and dry skin. Moisturizer will reduce the accumulation of dead skin cells under the surface of the skin. Meanwhile, its exfoliating ingredients will help the skin shed the accumulated dead skin cells. Look for a moisturizer that contains vitamin A. Also, make sure it doesn't contain heavy oils.
- Specialized exfoliating treatments are best used when the milia you want to get rid of are few, and there are no other accompanying skin problems. Choose a special treatment that contains salicylic acid. This treatment should be applied directly to the surface of the milia once a day until it disappears. Read product labels so you can follow specific directions for use.
Step 3. Include products containing Retinol in your daily skin care
Retinol is commonly used to treat acne and fight signs of aging. Its exfoliating properties will keep your skin smooth and clean. For best results, use a special Retinol lotion and apply directly to the milia area.
- Apply a small drop of Retinol to the milia area of your face once every two days at night. After cleansing your face, wait about 30 minutes before you apply the Retinol.
- Do not apply Retinol on the upper eyelid because it can cause irritation and damage when in contact with the eyes.
Step 4. Try a chemical peel
Peeling is one of the most effective ways to get rid of milia. If you don't have enough money to visit a dermatologist, don't worry. There are many home chemical peels that are quite good and easy to use.
- Look for ingredients like lactic acid and glycolic acid.
- Follow the instructions for use on the packaging. These instructions will vary depending on the peel you choose.
Step 5. Use steam to open the pores
Opening and clearing pores is a powerful way to get clearer skin. To steam the pores, fill a large bowl with barely boiling water. Bend slowly over the bowl and bring your face close to the hot water. Place a towel over your head to prevent steam from escaping, and hold this position for 5-10 minutes.
Alternatively, turn on the hot water tap in a closed bathroom without turning on the fan. The bathroom should be filled with steam. Then, sit there for 5-10 minutes
Step 6. Make an egg mask
Eggs contain retinol so they can help cleanse the skin. To make an easy egg mask, mix 1 egg white, teaspoon almond oil, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon raw honey. Stir to form a paste and apply to the milia area.
- Leave the mask on for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Use this mask 3 times a week for best results.
Method 2 of 4: Seek Professional Help
Step 1. Discuss your problem with a dermatologist
If home remedies don't work to get rid of milia, make an appointment with a dermatologist. Try to prepare notes before your appointment so you can provide more specific information. Keep in mind how long and how often milia appear on your face.
Ask a trusted dermatologist for recommendations from friends or family. You can also read online reviews to find a dermatologist with a good reputation
Step 2. Consider a professional chemical peel treatment
A dermatologist can give you a chemical peel that is stronger than a home peel. Share your expectations with your doctor so he or she can determine if you need a mild or aggressive peel. This procedure will not be painful.
- After peeling, your skin may be red and irritated for a few days.
- Follow the skin care instructions recommended by a dermatologist after peeling.
Step 3. Have a professional laser extraction or ablation procedure
During the extraction procedure, the professional practitioner will use special tools or hands to open the blockage of the skin. This procedure is usually painless. It's just that, on stubborn milia, you may feel a little pressure. You can schedule a facial with extraction with a dermatologist or beautician.
- The purpose of laser ablation is the same as extraction, but uses a laser beam. The laser will be set at a low intensity and used to heat the skin plug until it evaporates or sublimates.
- Follow all the instructions given post-extraction. You may need to stop using products that contain Retinol for 1-2 days, or you may need to use no makeup at all throughout the day.
Method 3 of 4: Using Doctor-Recommended Supplements
Step 1. Try a niacin supplement
Niacin, or vitamin B3 is an important nutrient that is thought to help maintain various systems in the body. Among the various benefits, many people believe that niacin can maintain healthy skin and can treat milia.
- Consult a doctor before using any supplements.
- Note that there is no scientific evidence that niacin can get rid of milia any faster.
- If you are not already taking a niacin supplement, start with a low dose of 100 mg daily. Do not use this supplement more than 1500 mg per day because high doses of niacin have the potential to cause liver damage.
- Only use pure niacin supplements because they are less likely to contain toxic ingredients or harmful additives.
Step 2. Consider a biotin supplement
This coenzyme and B vitamins are also known as vitamin H. Most people have adequate intake of biotin through food. However, if you suspect you need more, you can take supplements.
- Consult with your doctor first before trying a new supplement.
- Biotin is considered to have a variety of benefits. Biotin can help maintain healthy skin. This means that biotin may be able to help the skin shed milia more quickly.
- Note that there has not been enough scientific research to support this claim.
- Adults should only consume 25-35 micrograms of biotin a day.
Step 3. Increase intake of KoQ10
Increasing your intake of KoQ10 can be done naturally without the use of supplements. This vitamin is thought to help maintain many body systems and functions, as well as help promote healthy skin.
- Note that there is no scientific evidence to support a direct relationship between KoQ10 and milia. However, these supplements are generally considered safe. Consult your doctor first before using any supplements.
- KoQ10 is an emulsifier so it will remove oil from the body. By helping the body to expel oil more easily, KoQ10 may also be able to help remove dead skin cells from the clogged pores of milia.
- The body produces KoQ10 during exercise, and this vitamin can also be found in foods such as meat and fish.
Method 4 of 4: Preventing Milia
Step 1. Reduce sun exposure
Milia can be made worse by the sun. Especially, if you suffer from secondary milia caused by blisters on the skin. Burns from the sun can cause milia to expand and don't go away. So, reducing sun exposure allows you to get rid of milia faster.
- Keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible. When spending time outdoors, wear a hat to protect your face.
- Use a gentle, oil-free sunblock specially formulated for facial care. Heavy, oily sunblock will only further clog the pores, making it harder to exfoliate the dead skin cells that cause milia.
- Light sunblock can also protect the skin from the sun without clogging pores. Look for a light sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 or higher.
Step 2. Avoid heavy creams or cosmetics
You may be tempted to disguise milia with makeup. However, this will actually make it last longer. In addition, makeup will also dirty the face, making milia more difficult to remove.
Heavy creams and cosmetics will last a long time on the skin's surface and clog pores. In fact, to get rid of milia, you have to exfoliate dead skin cells. So, this will be more difficult to do if the skin pores are clogged with makeup
Step 3. Make good skin care a part of your daily routine
You may not be able to prevent milia completely. However, you can take steps to reduce the frequency of their occurrence. Make sure to take care of your skin every day. Clean your face, use moisturizer, and get enough body fluids. You may also want to consider regular facials if your budget allows.
- Ask the best product for your skin to a dermatologist or beautician.
- Remember that everyone's skin is different. So keep trying new things until you find the best treatment for you.